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Focus 2023 UK Tour Dates

But a few years ago, a new era began for legendary Dutch band Focus, and, with it, a rejuvenated passion amongst the band. In 2019 they released their first studio album for six years, Focus 11, that came complete with brand new Roger Dean artwork. The year was then spent touring from South America to Japan and everywhere in between in support of the new album.

With the dawn of 2020 came the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation. Unfortunately, celebrations had to be put on hold due to global events. 2021 brought the 50th anniversary of the classsic Moving Waves album, as well as the deluxe boxset Focus50 featuring Blu-ray and CD of a Live In Rio concert as well as a studio record of all the Focus numbers. 

2022 meant a return to touring and the band were delighted to be performing again.  They continue the rescheduled tour – postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic – with some additional dates in April and June 2023. 

On the bill, fans can expect timeless classics such ‘Hocus Pocus’ that has been featured in a global advert campaign for Nike, on Top Gear and in feature films such as Baby Driver, while the likes of ‘Sylvia’ and ‘House Of The King’ will also be performed.

The band, consists of mainstays Thijs van Leer (Hammond organ, flute and vocals) and Pierre van der Linden (drums), who are delighted to still be performing 50 years on, together with Menno Gootjes (guitar) and Udo Pannekeet (bass) who are among the cream of Dutch musicians and grew up with the genius of Focus. Together, they are said to be: “excited to be getting back to their fans and returning to the stage to play the music they love with the energy and passion of a teenage band!”

Tour dates are listed below and tickets can be obtained by clicking here.

Focus Tour Dates April, June & July 2023

12th April: The Met, Bury

13th April: The Ferry, Glasgow

14th April: The Sage, Gateshead

15th April: Haslemere Hall, Haslemere

16th April: The Booking Hall, Dover

18th April: The Stables, Milton Keynes

19th April: Earl Haig Club, Cardiff

20th April: Bush Hall, London

21st April: The Guildhall, Gloucester

23rd April: The Assembly Rooms, Chichester

24th April: Beaverwood, Chislehurst

28th June: The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

29th June: The Brudenell Centre, Leeds

30th June: The Tavistock Wharf, Tavistock

1st July: Alford Rock & Blues Festival, Surrey

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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